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Packing List?

You are going on a trip for 17 days.

You will have 1 carry on and one small suitcase with you for the first 6 days. After that, you will have access to your steamer trunk.

You have informed the cats that they are not coming with you. Although they do not believe you, you are turning a deaf ear to their commentary.

It might be cold where you are going. Or rainy. Or full of mosquitos. Or hot.

What do you take with you?


Layers. Lots of layers.
Actually, both Cutter and Avon make bug repellents that use Picaridin, which is as effective as DEET, but doesn't stink and doesn't trigger other people's DEET allergies - I dated a guy who liked camping but was allergic to DEET.

You can also get NatuRepel (the brand name sounds something like that) or its equivalent at the health food store. I layer the two repellents. I rarely get bitten anymore.
Second what immlass said. Layers are the best way to deal with unknown weather/temperature, and yet still allow for minimal volume packing.

If you are at all particular about what you sleep on, perhaps put your favorite pillow (or one similar to it if you don't want to risk losing it) into the steamer trunk.

Make sure all important items - prescription meds, various chargers/batteries, etc. - make it into the carry on. Anything you couldn't survive without.

Still jealous! Have a great trip!
LOL. True, very true.
If you're leaving the country, and at least one of your destinations uses different voltage, bring an adapter for your gadgets. Nowadays, most appliances can handle dual voltage, and usually, they only need plug adapters. Older appliances might need actual voltage adapters.
I just like the *idea* of a steamer trunk. It's in all the Art Deco movies with Fred Astaire that I've seen.

In actuality, I'm probably taking a big suitcase with wheels.
I used to use an old foot locker when I went to camp as a kid.

In my imagination, it *was* a steamer trunk.

Than I saw how huge a real one was and was very envious . . .

  • 1 pair solid black pants
  • 1 solid black skirt
  • a few tops that coordinate
  • 1 pair comfy closed shoes that match
  • socks that go with the shoes
  • 1 pair comfy sandals that match
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 swim cover-up
  • a few protein bars (in case of flying hassles)
  • a small digital camera and at least one extra data card
  • a hat
  • a light jacket with a hood
  • a small travel umbrella
  • travel toiletries including an unscented antiperspirant (the scented stuff attracts mosquitoes), unscented bar soap (same reason), and unscented or minimally-scented hair products
  • a few hair ties
  • sunglasses
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 nightie or pair of PJs (Can you say hotel fire alarm? Remember my sister and the Las Vegas hotel fire?)

    These are just off the top of my head. If I think of any others, I'll add to this comment.

    So where are you going??
Well, on my two-week New Zealand trip this March, I took:

...a long-sleeved knit shirt, light wool cardigan, fleece with zippered pockets, pair of jeans, hooded alpaca duster, jeans, tights, 8-eye Doc Martens, and wide-brimmed straw hat, all of which I either wore or carried on the plane with me (I get kinda cold on airplanes)

...a purse (actually a purse-sized mini-backpack) with pens, hair clips, several weeks' worth of Chronicle of Higher Ed crossword puzzles, plastic ziploc baggies (because I can rarely eat an entire restaurant meal in one sitting, and not everyplace provides takeout containers), meds, wallet, feminine hygiene products, a strap to hold my glasses on when we went on the jet boat, earphones, and maybe a few other small things I'm forgetting right now

...a carryon bag containing another pair of sturdy cotton trousers, a pair of (quick-drying) athletic trousers, two short-sleeved t-shirts, probably another half-dozen long-sleeved shirts, a sweatshirt, socks, undergarments, pajamas, a hairbrush, a toothbrush, small quantities of toothpaste and shampoo, a swimsuit, a quick-drying towel, and perhaps also an umbrella

...and that's it. We planned to do laundry at least once while we were there (spouse may even have brought along some detergent) and I think I bought sunscreen (and others bought bugspray, which I never use; turns out bugs really do prefer carnivores) after we got there. We knew we'd be limited on our domestic (NZ) flights to something like 7 kilos (15 lbs) for carryon bags, and I never check bags, so we were traveling a bit light even for us.

For a trip as you describe, I'd probably pack about the same but maybe add a few more short-sleeved t-shirts.

You'll probably also want to add a camera in there; I was relying on my traveling companions for that....
Clothing for the first 6 days - layers are great. In particular, have a bottom layer like a lightweight cotton t-shirt, which is the bit that lives next to your skin. They don't take up too much space so you can have one for every day; the layers on top of this can be re-used multiple days. Try to have two pairs of versatile shoes for that first leg, both comfortable for walking, so you can alternate days wearing them.

This seems like the perfect situation to try that thing where you bring your oldest underwear/bras/socks that's due for replacement, and just throw out each pair after wearing it.

Acquire sample sizes of your various toiletries for the first leg of the trip; abandon them as you go along.

If you bring books to read on the first leg, pick books that both you and B enjoy so you can double the entertainment per book - and buy used copies that you plan to abandon as you go along. Along with the space freed up as you shed underwear and toiletries, that makes a little space for you to acquire a few souvenirs.
So... how was Cambridge?
Cambridge was generally very nice. I should write about it in my journal....

The only essential items I didn't see on these lists are foam earplugs. I never ever travel without them, especially on airplanes, boats, or trains.

Also, I cannot recommend packing for 17 days. Pack underwear and perhaps socks for 17 days (since they're small) but pack outfits for only 5-6 days. It's easy to rewear outfits, especially on a cruise, and your fellow travelers just won't care.

Have a marvelous time!
N in azaleas

September 2009

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